Jan 28, 2016

Osaka moves to allow foreign housekeepers

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Osaka Prefecture has decided to go ahead with a national government program allowing foreign nationals to work as housekeepers as part of a larger push toward greater participation of women in the workforce. Some industry insiders have been quick to point out, however, that ...

Illinois expat takes lead in Osaka neighborhood

Jan 26, 2016

Illinois expat takes lead in Osaka neighborhood

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An American three-decade veteran of Japan has spent the past seven years heading a residents’ association in a small community in Osaka Prefecture. Samuel Edward Teckenbrock, 58, was chosen to head the association in Koyodai, in the city of Hirakata in February 2009. He ...

JICA-trained Vietnamese fishermen sell first tuna in Japan

Jan 22, 2016

JICA-trained Vietnamese fishermen sell first tuna in Japan

The sale of tuna caught in Vietnamese waters at a wholesale market in Osaka on Friday marked a major step forward for fishermen who have struggled to keep their catches fresh enough for Japanese tastes. The fishermen have adopted a system that stuns the ...

Sakai city launches English website to boost specialty knife exports

Jan 21, 2016

Sakai city launches English website to boost specialty knife exports

Sakai city’s Industrial Promotion Center (IPC) has launched an English-language website selling nearly 200 types of specialty steel cooking knives from the region amid growing interest in the signature product. The site includes videos of traditional forging and grinding processes to craft the blades, ...